Jillina: Artistic & Executive Director
Performer, Master Instructor, Choreographer, Director and Producer, Jillina has devoted her life to dance. In 1999 Jillina established her own dance company, Jillina’s Sahlala Dancers, currently LA’s premier Middle Eastern and world fusion dance entertainment company. From 2003-09 she served as Artistic Director and Main Choreographer for the Bellydance Superstars and performed with them for over 700 shows in over a dozen countries.
Jillina has won numerous awards from International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance and the Giza Academy, including Best Modern Egyptian Dancer, Best Instructional Video, Best Dance Company and Dancer of the Year. Jillina has appeared on a number of television programs, including, “Dancing With The Stars” & “Tsukiri” a widely viewed show in Japan. She has co-produced 12 instructional DVDs, which, due to their success, are now offered in 5 different languages and distributed by Universal Records. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, Jillina was the first American to be invited as a featured performer in the prestigious Closing Gala at Ahlan Wa Sahlan in Egypt.
Jillina is the owner of Evolution Dance Studios, located in Universal City, California, USA. The studio provides rehearsal space to some of Hollywood’s top artists- Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance- and serves as a focal point for the Los Angeles Dance Community.
Message from the Director“In creating Bellydance Evolution I wanted to stretch myself artistically, taking bellydance to the next level of stage performance. By incorporating a storyline I reinterpret bellydance, much like a grand ballet. During my travels I have seen, met and worked with some amazing dancers. With Bellydance Evolution I am able to extend to them an opportunity to be a part of a major production with some of the world’s most sought-after dancers while networking with other talented artists. BDE’s online audition format expands the pool of available dancers and pulls together experienced professional dancers from all over the world. I am excited to take bellydance to the next level and bring more wonderful dancers into the BDE family.” Yours in dance,